Antivirus Performance Comparison

Viruses can do anything from stealing your hard disk space, to accessing your private data and draining your CPU. There are a variety of anti-virus software available to guard your devices from these issues. It is important to choose one that is not likely to have an impact on system performance. All of our antivirus software has been tested against this. The results below are based on the amount of time it takes for each program to complete an operation. Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, for instance had a background impact of just 6% when scanning the entire system, while ESET had an impact of 12%.

Germany-based Avira is well-established in our tests and consistently performs above 90% in all three categories: Protection, Performance and Usability (False Positives). Its interface is also user comfortable and has a wealth of features including a nifty firewall and a variety of privacy tools. Avira’s subscriptions are priced on a monthly basis, rather than a predetermined 1-3-year period, making it easier to cancel or alter the subscription at any time, without having to worry about second-year renewal price shocks.

Essentware previously known as PCKeeper was a relatively new name for our tests. It utilizes the Avira Engine in the background. Overall, it scored well. Its performance and user interface are both user-friendly however a few stability problems – mainly scanning pop over to this website jobs freezing – have lowered the rating. The detection was excellent and a perfect run of the certification sets resulted in VB100.